Develop 21st Century Leaders for Global Health

Goal: $ 100000

No of Donation: 729



Goal: $ 100000
Amount Raised: $ 74368
Remaining : $ 25632
No of Donation : 729
Category : Education
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Contact Number : 847-786-5716
Address : 601 University Place
State : Evanston
City : IL
Country : US
Zipcode : 60208


All around the world, people continue to face barriers to achieving prosperous, healthy livelihoods. While the field of global health has allocated significant resources to decreasing these barriers, the world still faces tremendous needs. GlobeMed believes that realizing global health equity requires a shift in our collective approach to global collaboration that centers poor communities and enables local organizations to be the lead strategists and drivers of the change they want to see.


MISSION STATEMENT: GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of the impoverished around the world. WHO WE ARE: GlobeMed is a network of university students who partner with grassroots organizations to improve health around the world. We nd high-impact organizations already transforming the health of their communities and connect them to a group of visionary students who mobilize their resources to power more change. Today, there are 46 GlobeMed chapters on university campuses across the U.S., each collaborating with a unique grassroots organization to improve health in the U.S., Africa, Asia, or South America. VISION: One billion people across the world lack access to health care systems*. Each day, more than 36,000 people die preventable deaths. Without addressing poverty and poor health, we cannot break this cycle of suffering. University students have the passion and energy to help tackle this challenge. GlobeMed aims to meet this challenge by engaging and training students to work with grassroots organizations across the world to improve the health of the impoverished. By partnering students and communities to combat poverty and poor health, we improve the lives of thousands of impoverished people across the world today and shape tomorrow's leaders across all professions who will share a deep commitment to health equity and social justice. HISTORY/FOUNDING: GlobeMed began with a shared dream between one village in Ghana and a group of students at Northwestern University. The village, near Ho, Ghana, faced extreme poverty, poor health, and little access to care. Their community leaders envisioned a health center for their people but confronted the challenge of finding the resources to bring this vision to life. Students from Northwestern University volunteering in Ghana saw the community's suffering and heard a call to action. Realizing they could help make this health center a reality, they mobilized their campus to work in partnership with the community's leaders. In 2006, the HOPE Center was born. As the campus continued to marshal support for the HOPE Center, several students recognized that there was negligible follow-up on the status of the Center. One of these students decided to travel to Ho, Ghana and check up on the HOPE Center. Upon arrival, he found an empty building. The response from the director of the clinic after he asked how this could have happened: "we're African; we listen to our donors", incensed him, and he returned to Northwestern with the conviction that there had to be a more just solution. These students realized that for true and lasting change to occur, long term partnership and human relationships had to be at the center of their work. Since then, the Northwestern chapter's partnership with the HOPE Center has transformed an empty building into a growing clinic with community health nurses, a pharmacy, nutrition programs, and a pathology lab. The promise of this first partnership sparked a question: Could students create a network of university-based chapters, connecting each group of passionate young activists with a unique partner community? Could these students and grassroots leaders work together to develop projects similar to the HOPE Center? To explore this possibility, they organized GlobeMed's first Global Health Summit in March of 2007, bringing together 45 students from 7 universities alongside leaders in global health. Inspired by their peers, the young activists began to shape their own vision: a movement of students and communities working together to improve the health of the poor today, and changing the face of global health as the leaders of tomorrow. In the Fall of 2007, a group of recent graduates and student volunteers launched the GlobeMed National Office to put this vision into action. In the years since, GlobeMed has expanded to 46 chapters and 18 countries, each working alongside community leaders and activists on the front lines of poverty and injustice around the world. From renovating rural health centers in post- genocide Rwanda to developing health education programs for the uninsured in Detroit, GlobeMed's partnerships are saving lives and improving health. Its unique model is training over 1,500 students to become lifelong advocates for global health equity.
GlobeMed connects university-based chapters with grassroots organizations in one-to-one, long-term partnerships to co-develop creative solutions to health challenges. We train students to listen and respond to the real needs of partner communities, and we create spaces for grassroots leaders to build the skills and confidence to be the lead strategists in their global partnerships. The Result: a movement of 21st Century Leaders for Global Health who balance boldness with humility and compassion.

Long-Term Impact

Through involvement in GlobeMed today, thousands of university students better understand how to partner with grassroots organizations in an equitable way, preparing them to shift power and resources to communities effected by poverty throughout their careers. Simultaneously, grassroots partners are given space to build the skills necessary to be the lead strategists of their GlobeMed partnerships, and 74% report feeling more equipped to collaborate with other international partners as a result.

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